Hawaiian Baby Woodrose (Argyreia nervosa)
||Chemistry of Hawaiian baby woodrose is published.
Lysergic acid amide (ergine) is tentatively identified as a component of Argyreia nervosa.
||Both Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian Baby Woodrose) and Ipomoeia violacea (Morning Glory) seeds are distributed and used recreationally in the U.S.
"Baby Wood Rose (Argyreia) and the related Morning Glory Ipomoea belong to the Convolvulaceae. Species and varieties of both have shown the presence of ergoline alkaloids.
Recently, we have received several queries about the use of the seeds of these plants by the drug abuser.
The flower of the Wood Rose contains four seeds, and the abuser may use from four to twelve seeds. He scrapes off the outer coat ing of the seeds before chewing them, or taking them in a capsule. He may take Dramamine or some other antinauseant at the same time, to try to prevent nausea.
Morning glory seeds, usually "Heavenly Blue" or "Pearly Gates" have been abused for a number of years. Reportedly about 350 seeds, or approximately one pound, will make about 25 doses. The abuser washes the seeds to remove pesticides, grinds the seeds in a pepper mill and puts the powder in gelatin capsules. He may soak the powder in cold water for about 45 minutes, then squeeze out the liquid from the mash and drink it."
||DEA's forerunner, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, reports in their Microgram newsletter: "Brown powder alleged to be mescaline was recently analyzed by our Chicago Regional Laboratory. It was found to be ground Hawaiian Baby Wood Rose."
||Book on the psychoactive use of plants reports that poor Hawaiians consume Argyreia nervosa for a "cheap buzz".
- Hylin JW, and DP Watson. "Ergoline Alkaloids in Tropical Wood Roses". Science. 1965;148(3669):499-500.
- Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Microgram. Sep 1968;1(10).
- Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Microgram. Nov 1969;11(4).
- Emboden WA. Narcotic Plants. The Macmillan Co. 1972.